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Loveless [Limited Edition]

My Bloody Valentine Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (26 Sep 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Creation
  • ASIN: B000024TUJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,194 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Only Shallow
2. Loomer
3. Touched
4. To Here Knows When
5. When You Sleep
6. I Only Said
7. Come In Alone
8. Sometimes
9. Blown A Wish
10. What You Want
11. Soon

Product Description

BBC Review

Despite this record being the best part of 20 years old, it's as dense and inpenetrable as ever. It's like trying to explain why Jackson Pollock's Full Fathom Five is what it is, or push the case for isolationist textures in modern sculpture or even trying to describe acid house to a badger. There really wasn't, and still isn't anything quite like My Bloody Valentine.

Formed in Dublin in 1984, My Bloody Valentine quickly moved from the C86 shambling indie template that had dominated that period. It took a slight shift in personnel and a contract with Creation. Within a week, the band recorded their landmark EP, You Made Me Realise, which nudged them more into the realm of the likes of Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth. Soon, giddy journos were gabbling on about sonic cathedrals and getting generally quite excited.

Within that year came the band's first 'proper' album, Isn't Anything. Shards of noise, underwater guitars and vague lyrics all combined with a certain disorientating charm. As if that wasn't accomplishment enough, three years later via drama (it nearly bankrupted Creation), delays and added expectation came Loveless. It was the album that would lift MBV into the pantheon of the greats and in a perfect universe would be battling it out between Pet Sounds and OK Computer in the greatest-album-ever-made polls.

Despite urban myth surrounding the recording - they were recording in a tent covered in duvets, they'd gotten into hip hop, all the band went mad to varying degrees - it still sounds incredible. Washes of guitars and noise overwhelm what 'songs' were actually beneath them. Having tasted the Top 41 with the staggering Soon, they released what even Brian Eno then considered the: ''most vaguest song ever'' in To Here Knows When. Creation thought the band were joking when they first heard it; sounding like someone had taped it on a wonky cassette player. In the context of Loveless, it makes sense, like one long bleary dream with almost symphonic levels of noise.

Now, the band are back and playing across the world, giving a new generation of ears a risk of tinnitus. There's talk of a new album. For the meantime, get this magnificent masterpiece and play very very loud indeed. --Ian Wade

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A My Bloody fan from the start 24 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
A group of five friends saw My Bloody Valentine in Exeter in 1990 (1/2). I had listened to the group for years before, but had never seen them. I was completely blown away by their performance (and background video - very windows media player screensaver experience as I remember). Two of my friends left after being blown away by silverfish,the support band, but the rest of us experienced what was to become a spine chilling, once in a life time experience (and still is, thinking back to it) - The only problem with the concert was there were so few there!! I'm pleased to say I was there to see one of the last performances of group
Buy this album and listen while watching media player screensavers!!
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When you wake you're still in a dream 5 Feb 2006
By KirstyH
Format:Audio CD
This is quite simply one of the greatest albums I have ever heard. Nothing else sounds remotely like it, even other MBV material. I bought it back in 1991 when it first came out and it has rarely been far from my turntable/CD player/iPod over the last 15 years.
Imagine it's early morning and your alarm clock has gone off. Then you realise it's Saturday and you don't have to go to work. You turn the alarm off and roll over, not quite awake, not quite asleep. The feeling you have at this point is what "Loveless" sounds like.
Buy it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loveless 10 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
Well...this album is definitely something different. It is simply hard to describe something so beautiful and something so good.

Were to start...

I first herd of MBV when i saw the You Made Me Realise video on MTV2 ( something which is extremely rare as i quickly found out) . I was left completely gobsmacked . At first i didnt know how to react . At the time my musical taste was confined within the borders of Muse and The Beatles (although they still remain one of my favourite bands). Soon after that i forgot about it and a few months later i was watching top 100 albums of the 90's on MTV2 again and at some point i saw a very strange song called Soon beeing played . The band was once again MBV and i was once again left completely speechless . It had to be the strangest music i've ever herd . By then i was determined to find out more about this band . Over the following year i have listened to tracks like Only Shallow , Feed Me With Yr Kiss and Blown A Wish.

So i bought loveless.

It is simply one of my favourite albums (that and Isnt Anything by MBV and Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth-check them out ) . I dont know what does it . Kevin Shields's And Billinda Butcher's calm vocals?the layered guitars and distand drumming? the strange surrealistic lyrics?

it still remains a mystery to me.

All i know is that this album is simply perfect

MBV touched the heaven with this album

some people of course dont get the music of MBV . My sis thinks its noisy boring loud music with monotounous vocals. Ofcourse i dont get the point of death mettal and disposable pop music (fegie , britney , paris hilton etc) but i guess no one has the same tastes


juts buy this album
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. 3 Feb 2001
By Sick Mouthy VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The cover has a picture of a purpley-pinky-bluey guitar, all fuzzy and warped and psychedelic. This is the only album I have ever heard that sounds EXACTLY how the cover looks. And it is brilliant. Turn it up and it's an astonishing visceral thrill, turn it down and it's a soothing, redemptive balm of sound. Gorgeous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal reissue 31 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD
I'm a new MBV fan, having just gotten into them upon ordering this release a few weeks ago. I'm not going to waste time rambling about how great the album is, but instead how great the reissue is, since there are a lot of mixed reviews about it on here and I'd like to help clarify things.

First off, this album turned me into a MBV fan instantly. Wow, what an album. It got me to purchase their others right away. It just shows that anyone can be turned on to any band at any time, no matter when their music came out. Now, about the reissue. When I first popped Disc 1 into my CD player, I found the sound to be a bit flat, so since there was the luxury of a second disc with the same material on it, I put that one in to see if it would sound any better. Oh, it did. Way more dynamics and a wall of noisy guitars surrounding the listener even during the quieter tracks.

Now a lot of the mixed reviews bring up the fact that the labels on Disc 1 and Disc 2 are actually mislabeled. Disc 1 is stated in the booklet as being digitally remastered from the original tapes, and Disc 2 is supposed to be a new analog master, but from my listening experience, Disc 2 does indeed sound like the digital remaster that Disc 1 is supposed to be. Another issue that people have with this is the supposed "glitch" that you hear in "What You Want" on Disc 1 (the analog master). Personally, I favor Disc 2 whenever I listen to this album so I haven't given Disc 1 a fair listen, but even if there is a glitch, who cares? If Kevin Shields had reissued this album with just the digital remaster, there would be only praise about it, because it sounds really good. I haven't heard the original 1991 CD, but from what I've read on message boards, apparently Disc 2 here is that, but a little louder. That's fine by me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most important albums ever
A must have, no band sounded the same after it. And the almost imperceptible differences between the 2 remasters are the perfect excuse to crank it all the way up. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Goncalo Santos
5.0 out of 5 stars top quality product
really good job. A+.top quality product.
i really recomend the cd and the store.
fast shipment and protection for the product.
Published 16 months ago by josi roberto martins da silva
1.0 out of 5 stars Mean
It's a mean trick this. Absolutely no difference apart from the unforgivable glitch. Shields can forget it. Silly sod. Fool me twice etc
Published 17 months ago by Kees Popinga
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous
Loveless can be impenetrable at first: it seems tuneless and lacking in conventional pop songs. But give it time and listen to the entire album and it begins to make sense. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. T. Abbott
5.0 out of 5 stars you will hear ,......
..... the new good quality of sound on the remastered version of this "old" new coming out record of MBV!
it is a must have for every MBV fan out in that universe,....
Published 18 months ago by bernhard ramusch
4.0 out of 5 stars You already know.
Not sure this requires a review but here goes , ........ You either like it or loathe it buy it and find out.
Published 19 months ago by M. J. D. Crowley
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't quite hear it
It's like your next door neighbour is playing the best music in the world but you can't quite hear it clearly enough. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. Marcus D. Hough
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well remastered
This album has been remastered very well. Listen loud through decent headphones. Greatest album of all time. End of story.
Published 21 months ago by M. CORRIGAN
5.0 out of 5 stars A Difficult Masterpiece?
This is a classic album, no doubt about it, but I'd like to say a couple of qualifiers here. In answer to the people who bought this having never heard MBV beyond their reputation... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Rory
5.0 out of 5 stars Louder and Better
The only terrible thing about the original CD was that it was unbelievably quiet. Shield's remaster takes the original sound and shapes it to match the abilities of contemporary... Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2012 by Chris Davis
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